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How to Fix a Missing Network Card Driver in Windows

    What does “No wireless network card driver present” mean?

    You will see this message when your computer is trying to access the Internet wirelessly, but it is not detecting the wireless network card that it needs in order to get on the Web. When other device drivers are missing, it is simply a matter of hopping on the Internet, finding the manufacturer’s website and downloading the latest driver for that device. I’m sure you can see where the problem with the method lies – at this point you probably have no Internet access, which makes it difficult to get the driver you need.

    Missing Network Card

    Uninstall/Reinstall Device Driver

    The easiest way to try to get your network card driver working again is to try to uninstall and then reinstall it from the device manager. To get to the device manager in Windows 10, first click on Start and then on Control Panel. Find the System icon, click on that and then on the Hardware tab. At the top of the Hardware tab, you will see the button for the Device Manager.

    In Device Manager, see if your wireless network card is listed. If it is, click on it and then choose to Uninstall the card. Follow the prompts until the card is uninstalled and then close the window. Reboot the computer – the network card driver should reinstall automatically.

    Download the Driver

    If your computer is not showing the network card in the Device Manager, then you need to get onto the Internet via a wired network in order to download the correct driver.  Use a cable to connect to a wired router in order to access the Internet. Once you can access the Web, go to the network card manufacturer’s (or the computer manufacturer’s) website and look for the newest driver for your network card. Once you find it, you can choose to download it and then install it on your computer. Once it is installed, then you should be able to work wirelessly once again.

    If you don’t want to do the legwork yourself, there are many sites and software available on the Internet that will help you manage your device drivers automatically. One we recommend is Driver Booster Pro.

    One reason that drivers often get knocked out is a virus or Trojan. Once you have everything up and running, make sure that your antivirus program is up to date and run it often.

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